this is my final project for school as I’m graduating this spring.
The idea is to build a shoe, a modular sandal, in a way.
An EVA midsole is raised at midfoot to make way for the upper to wrap under, this allows the user to switch uppers according to taste and preference. The collection would include numbers of different uppers, varying both in shape and materials.
This construction would also allow the user to personalized insoles, as well as allow the user to switch insoles according to the day’s activity.
The working title for the project is open footwear , it serves as a mean to distance my shoe from sandals, flip flops and slippers, to create a new genre, so to speak. The name also refers to the shoes ability to be modified in an easy way.
Like you can see in the following images, the project is far from being finished. My hope is that by posting the project at this stage, I can acquire some valuable feedback from you who frequent this board.
As far as materials and other resources go, my access is quite limited. Especially when it comes to things like lace holes, toggles, loops etc. These days I’m looking for which type of leathers I can acquire, I recently visited a small tanning factory in the north of Iceland, they specialize in fish leathers. I find fish leather quite fascinating as it holds amazing strength, even though it is very thin. The thin field of materials will require me to be resourceful, and work with what I have. This will probably result in the uppers to be minimal, but then again, it will direct attention towards the modular features and in a way make it the key player of this shoe.
A local prosthetic company, which also makes orthopedic shoes, has given me permission to use their workshop, they are pretty well equipped so that really helps.
Their really isn’t a history of footwear design or production in Iceland, so feedback from knowledgeable people is hard to come by. That’s where you come in! I would like to keep this thread an open dialogue. I will post pictures as the project progresses, and hopefully you guys will provide me with feedback, questions, critique and pointers as I go on and help me make this project as good as possible.
Thanks for taking a look.
Kind regards, Sindri